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The Genesee Pottery

With a newly refinished showroom, Jeffery Cole is hoping to draw more visitors and customers to the Genesee Pottery, an arts and crafts center off Monroe Avenue. “We’ve upgraded our look,” says Cole, the center’s director. For the past two ...

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Have you faced and overcome a challenging situation that others might learn from? Would you like to write about it for the Rochester Business Journal? If so, then we’d like to hear from you. Selected stories will be published in ...

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In Touch Massage Center

Mikki Kress and her son, Douglas–owner and director, respectively, of In Touch Massage Center–probably wouldn’t mind if more Rochester area executives got the chair. The chair massage, that is. For roughly $1 per hour, a licensed therapist from In Touch ...

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Tivoli

When Leslie Presutti’s sister decided to stop working full-time because she was getting married, she wanted to keep her business, Tivoli, in the family, Leslie and her brother agreed to buy the cafe from her. Five years later, Leslie runs ...

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Upstate Roofing Inc.

Frank Lloyd Wright styled himself as the world’s greatest living architect. Still, his signature flat roofs leak, a problem that owners of thousands of flat-roofed commercial buildings could have alerted him to had he asked. Wright, for aesthetic reasons, chose ...

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Scott Miller Salon & Spa

“People today have less time, feel more stressed than ever, and need a place to rejuvenate,” says Scott Miller. Based on that philosophy, Miller and his wife, Helen, a makeup artist and image consultant, opened the Scott Miller Salon & ...

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The Angel Shop

After more than 16 years of working as a secretary for an accounting firm, Annette Barron decided she wanted to spend more time with her children. She did not, however, want to give up the secretarial work she enjoyed. It ...

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Office Support Unlimited

“I’ve always liked them,” Mary Anne Smith says, referring to angels. “I always thought that they deserved a place of their own.” Now, thanks to Smith, they do. Her store, the Angel Shop, is home to a panoply of celestial ...

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No Place Like Home

When Leondore Barron’s dog was diagnosed with cancer and required extra care, he and his wife were faced with some problems–not the least of which was who would take care of the dog when they were out of town. The ...

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Business Funding Group

Mark Burgholzer, owner of Business Funding Group, is looking to help start-ups and struggling businesses–particularly those that could possibly double their business if they had cash on hand. Make no mistake, however. Burgholzer is a businessman, not a philanthropist. Business ...

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Industrial Machine Services Inc.

When asked to describe what Kathy Anderson does at Industrial Machine Services Inc., owners Terry Anderson and Jim Langdon are momentarily stymied. Based on the volume and diversity of work she accomplishes, they’re not sure just “office manager” fits the ...

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Tapas 177 Lounge

When Frederic Ponthieu read a quote from a local restaurateur who said the Rochester restaurant market had niches that needed to be filled, he knew that he and his wife, Marci, could fill one of those niches. A short time ...

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Trigram Trade Ltd.

In November 1995, shortly after Joseph Duggan and his sister, Mary, graduated from college, Joseph decided they should start a business. The question was, doing what? Veteran globe-trotters, they came up with the idea for an import/export company, which would ...

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Clear Rock Trades

With the millennium quickly approaching, at least one company in the area is not too concerned with the much-discussed Y2K problem. Clear Rock Trades, located in Avon, is a small carpentry, wooden boat repair, and metal forging business run by ...

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American Mold Corp./
Atlantis Tool Inc.

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts is an axiom that turned out to be true for the two-firm alliance of an injection molder and tool maker–which along the way added sheet-metal work to its repertoire. American ...

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